An academic festival of conferences, presentations and performances embracing cultural and linguistically diverse themes launches on Wednesday with the opening of the 3rd biennial conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land. Hosted by Flinders University and attracting international speakers and delegates, with sponsors including the Australian Government Department of Social Services, Maras Group, St Basil’s Aged Care, Gaganis Bros and the Foundation for Hellenic Studies amongst others.
The Ageing in a Foreign Land conference will be held at the new Flinders at Tonsley from 24 to 26 June, abutting the 11th International Conference on Greek Research from the 26 until the 27 June. Hosted by LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture and the Department of Language Studies at Flinders University, the 11th International Conference on Greek Research includes presentations on Education, History, Film, Literature and Philosophy including a trifecta of themes with a session on “Gods, Greeks and Gamers: Fusing Greek Mythology and Gaming”.
Registrations to both conferences remain open and may be made by contacting Layla Plummer in the LOGOS Centre at Flinders University on (08) 8201 3854.
Convenor of the international conferences, Professor Michael Tsianikas of the LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture at Flinders University says, “The combination of conferences and cultural activities absolutely serves to celebrate the influences of different cultures in all walks and through all ages of life.
“Culture is more than language, history and food. These conferences have established Adelaide as a destination for thought leaders, practitioners, and interested parties who want to learn more about the impact of culture as we age as well as the impact of different cultures on our academic, economic and social lives in Australia.”
The conferences also bring His Excellency Mr Haris Dafaranos, Ambassador of Greece to Australia, for the conference dinner that will be MCed by the irrepressible George Kapiniaris and feature the Adelaide launch of “The Demons of Athens” by Athenian turned Sydneysider academic Professor Vrasidas Karalis, with a live reading by Adelaide’s award-winning actor and emerging playwright Elena Carapetis.
His Excellency will also speak at the University of South Australia’s Hawke Centre event “Greece and the Eurozone Crisis - Past, Present & Perspectives for the Future” in the Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, 55 North Tce on Wednesday 24th June at 6.30 - 7.45pm and on 25th June, His Excellency will speak about “The philhellene spirit as a soft power dimension” from 6.00 - 7.00pm on Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli building, within the University of Adelaide.
Spokesperson for Conference sponsor Foundation for Hellenic Studies, Mr Harry Patsouris commented that, “Over the next week, we are fortunate in Adelaide to be able to participate in a number of events to fuel our greater appreciation for cultural and linguistically diverse themes. Our sponsorship of these conferences helps to introduce more people to the richness of many cultures in particular the Hellenic culture.”
Bookings are recommended for all events.